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Orange County has some of the best organic produce in Southern California due to its unique relationships with local growers and farmers. Supporting the area’s rich agricultural heritage increases local sustainability and the health benefits of choosing locally grown food. There are several fantastic shops and open-air markets with premium organic fruits and vegetables. At home cooks and neighborhood restaurants depend on these shopping options for creating quality and tasty meals.
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Farmers Park
440 S. Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805
(714) 533-7225
anaheimpackingdistrict.com/farmers-park

Stock up on fresh organic fruits and vegetables at Farmers Park Market, which is located next to the Anaheim Packing District and operated by Downtown Anaheim. It’s the ultimate urban market bringing together the community with local growers and ranchers, amazing produce and gourmet artisan foods. Held weekly on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., the certified Southern California farmers market offers guests to shop for weekly produce as well as grab a bite to eat and have an end-of-the-work-week picnic. Farmers Park, a two-acre grassy knoll with an olive grove, redwood boardwalk and community gardens, hosts community yoga hour, live music and a memorable outdoor experience.

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Mother’s Market & Kitchen
151 E. Memory Lane
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 542-6667
www.mothersmarket.com

With the excellent reputation of offering some of the best local and organic produce, Mother’s Market & Kitchen has a beautiful selection of seasonal items, as well as foods geared toward specialized diets such as vegan, gluten-free, low-glycemic, low-salt and more. Keeping in line with the philosophy of providing Orange County with healthy choices, both good for people and for the planet, Mother’s goes out of its way to carefully select certified organic fruits and vegetables. Mother’s produce experts have nurtured relationships with local growers for the last 20 years. Be sure to ask for a taste; the produce department is always happy to provide a sample.

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Growers Direct
101 E. 17th St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 631-7880

Growers Direct is all about quality and taste at a good price. The fruit and veggie warehouse is a local favorite. Each piece of produce is carefully curated and inspected before being presented to customers. Shoppers will find fresh and organic summer fruits including stone fruits like nectarines and blueberries, strawberries and raspberries that are plump and sweet. Growers Direct selects special autumnal produce such as pumpkins and a variety of squash for customers to try and experiment with in the kitchen. The store itself is clean; customer service is quick and helpful, and parking is easy. Weekends are busier at Growers Direct, so if you want to avoid the crowds, best to visit the market during weekday off hours.

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(credit: Jennifer H./yelp)


Orange Home Grown
304 N. Cypress St.
Orange, CA 92866
(714) 397-4699
orangehomegrown.org

Located in the favorite Historic Old Towne Orange district, Orange Home Grown Farmers & Artisans Market is held weekly on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (rain or shine). This market is dedicated to supporting local land and agriculture. Customers visit Orange Home Grown for the community relationships it has with farms nearby. The market features growers in the Orange County area including Brea’s Future Food Farms, Neff Ranch of Yorba Linda and Tustin, Rays Ranch of Temecula, Irvine’s Pinnacle Farms, The Seeds of Xanxadu in Long Beach, Cajon Family Farm in San Bernardino and Ha’s Apple Farm of Tehachapi Mountains in Kern County.

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(credit: Veronica C./yelp)


Lazy Acres Market
2080 N. Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90815
(562) 430-4134
www.lazyacres.com/index.html

Lazy Acres Market ensures its customers that they go home with the best organic produce. Satisfying in taste and quality, the produce department showcases the freshest fruits and vegetables grown locally. An organic source since 1991 in OC, Lazy Acres is certain to provide seasonal items, which ensures the best tasting produce including green onions, a heap load of different lettuces and greens, potatoes, tomatoes on the vine, strawberries and so much more. Lazy Acres also has a juice bar which features freshly squeezed OJ made from just-picked organic oranges, vegetable juices made from wheat and barley grasses and organic vegetables.

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Sheryl Craig is a writer with a passion for interesting finds and treasures in Los Angeles. She has a background in journalism and public relations. A mother of two daughters, Sheryl integrates her healthy lifestyle into raising her children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com

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